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Landlord’s threats of legal action amounted to harassment of tenant

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd v Worthington (1) and Parkin (2) alerts landlords to the risk of their dealings with tenants amounting to unlawful harassment.  Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan explain and offer practical advice, which will be of particular interest for social housing providers […]

Cabot SPR appeal: A welcome outcome for unsecured lenders in Scotland

Walker Morris partner Rob Aberdein explains an appeal allowed by the Sheriff Appeal Court which clarifies that the “interventionist and problem-solving approach” required of sheriffs under the new Simple Procedure Rules Simple Procedure Rules (SPR) for low value claims does not extend to undefended claims.  The appeal concerned a number of test cases and will […]

Industry responds to SME access to the FOS

The FCA last week published a suite of responses it has received to a consultation paper (CP18/3) released in January this year setting out the FCA’s proposed changes to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to open the FOS complaints resolution process to small businesses (SMEs). The fourteen responses published come from a […]

Cyber security, separation and self-protection online

Social media has many benefits, enabling us to keep in touch with old and new friends alike, sharing special moments with ‘followers’, organising events or tracking exercise progress. However, there is a dark side to the web.  Every click, post or search adds to your very own digital footprint, this leaves everyone vulnerable to exploitation. […]

Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

The Romanian Parliament recently approved the Law on the Amendment and Completion of the Accounting Law No. 82/1991, Amendment and Completion of the Companies Law No. 31/1990 and Amendment and Completion of Law No. 1/2005, on the organisation and functioning of cooperative companies. Before entering into force, the law will have to be promulgated by […]

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Courting solicitors to untie the knot

A matrimonial case has highlighted the increasing problem of couples who litigate rather than conciliate, reports Roger Pearson. A matrimonial action has brought condemnation from high up the judicial ranks of couples who resort to the law before trying to settle their differences themselves. The case involves a couple whose marriage collapsed after the wife […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Gary Summers

Gary Summers was born in Plymouth in 1958. He recently left 3 Gray’s Inn Square to join Magrath & Co as head of its criminal department. What was your first job? Assistant storeboy at Travellers Fare Catering Stores in Plymouth Station. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £4,500. What would you have […]

Trustham cleared of drug money charges

Jack Trustham, the former senior partner of West End firm Wigram & Co, who in August last year was arrested on the Isle of Man on drug money laundering charges and flown in handcuffs to London, was last week cleared of all charges at Southwark Crown Court. Customs officers had released Trustham on bail the […]

Market your firm for the future

Graham Irwin says that having a good marketing database is essential to nurturing relationships with existing clients and identifying potential markets. Graham Irwin is the principal of specialist legal management consultancy Irwin Associates. Many solicitors are still coming to terms with the idea of marketing their services and confusion still reigns over the difference between […]

MMC gives property shops the green light

The Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) has ended an 18-month investigation into Scotland’s solicitors’ property centres by clearing them of anti-competitive behaviour. The MMC’s long-awaited ruling, announced last Friday, said Scotland’s property centres enjoyed a monopoly but acted in the public interest. Law Society of Scotland president John Elliot said the MMC’s decision was a […]

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